From Jaffa To Agripas
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an open space for local dance


We are excited to present you with the full program for the “From Jaffa to Agripas” festival – an open space for local dance.  The first part of the festival will feature 10 premiere works by choreographers and dancers from all over the country, in cooperation with Jerusalem artists and business owners in Mahane Yehuda market.  In the following three days of the festival, there will be an open space for local dance at Alliance House – a home for creative communities.  Three days of talks, workshops, meetings, and performances by guests from abroad directly related to the encounter between body and place.  

Sunday 10/7/18

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Choreography, performing & Costumes: Sofia Krantz | Collaborator & music: Assaf James Bar-On | Props: Aufschnitt Berlin, Sílvia Wald | Photographer: Elad Schechter.

Memory games in a butcher shop.

 Mind Your Step

Choreography & performing: Lital Ben Horin | Collaborator: Maya Buenos | Dancers: Dany kinreich, shani bar dimri | Music: Ryoji Ikeda data.path installation – Madrid, Danny Fine | Photographer: Robert Herbe. 

Life is a chronicle of a crisis foretold.  How and when it will appear, that depends.


Choreographer: Maayan Liebman-Sharon | Collaborator & music: Ramzy Al Spinoza | Dancers: Shahaf Elimelech, Natalie Afriat | Costume: Private Collection | Photographer: Natasha Shakhnes.

The intersection of rap music, unique to speech, singing, and rhythm. The combination of familiar and Arabic music creates a new framework.  A local piece that moves between East and West, in the hope that the use of unique music in a close but distant language will create an approximation and connection between populations in our complex and fascinating city.

 Sba de’ruach seven souls

Choreography & performing: Dana Naim Hafouta | Collaborator & music: Idan Elmalem | Costume: Private Collection | Photographer: Efrat Mazor.

L’kat indha sba de’ruach. Language is a whole world: a world full of cultural, social, and personal contexts. Dana Naim Hafouta deconstructs and disrupts the proverbs of the Moroccan “ma’ana” in order to create a personal and unique meaning. A new temporary language that is composed of fractions of sound, movement, and voice.


Choreography & performing: Kamel Jirjawa | Music: Mashrou’ Leila – AOEDE | Photographer: Natasha Shakhnes. 

The sound of the market, the reflection, and the atmosphere move from the dancer to the chair in endless loops.

10/8/18 Monday

 Free Admission


.Choreographer: Elad Schechter | Collaborator & performing: Rand Taha | Costume Design: Adi Yair | Music: Yuma | Photographer: Natasha Shakhnes.

My Premiere, your every day is busy, crowded and packed with events. People pass by; everyone seems to be busy praying all day. Only you and I are looking for the moment when everything will freeze and it will finally be possible to breathe.

 The Forest Child

Choreography, performing & Costumes: Nataly Dvir | Collaborators &  Music: Rali Margalit | Puppet Consultation: Yaara Goldring | Photographer: Shmulik Balmas.

Once I was myself. And inside me there’s a forest. And in the forest there was a kid who’s afraid. His stomach he grew into a golden cage. In the cage there’s a bird with a wing and a beak. In the night the bird dances picking up crumbles of light.

 Lorca and the Blackbird

Choreography & performing : Sharon Saguy | Collaborators: Ofir Atar – music. Raphael Emanuel Ran – Writing and Spoken Word | Costume: Tanya Feldman | Makeup: Xenia Brudco | Photographer: Natasha Shakhnes.

Flamenco-fusion, the diverse character and life story of the poet and author, Federico Garcia Lorca. Lorca, as a source of inspiration, has an imaginary and realistic encounter with the mythical, mysterious, symbolic and physical character of the Blackbird. Dancing, singing, guitar, and poetry.


Choreography & performing: Lior Lazarof | Collaborator & music: Daniel Smith | Dancer: Or Elgarisi | Costume: Idan Lederman | Photographer: Meitar Tohar Bitton.

How much do we allow ourselves to see and be seen? MUG pits the desire we have to expose ourselves against the urge we have to hide.

present | tense 

Choreography & performing: Zuki Ringart | Collaborator: Noga Segev – Sound artist | Music: Ludwig van Beethoven | Set Design: Noa Paul | Rehearsal Director: Tohar Klainer | Photographer: Natasha Shakhnes.

‘present | tense’ gives an opportunity to linger in the dark spaces within us and try to embrace their loss of control. Through the meeting of sound, body and soul and with epileptic demons in its DNA, walls are cracking and opening the possibility for a celebration of imperfection.      

Tuesday 10/9/18

The Disappearance Portraits 

Choreographer: Jonah Bokaer | Dancers: Jonah Bokaer, Tal Adler | Photographer: Dreaded Photo – Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. 

The multidisciplinary artist Bokaer studied Mediterranean immigration in order to expose his father’s Tunisian heritage. In the work, there is an attempt to distinguish between immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, while paying attention to the changing landscape of the Mediterranean.

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Choreographer and Director: Elad Schechter | Musical Direction, piano & melodica: Orian Shukrun | Performing: Hichal Salomon, Shoam Gabbay, Liav Baruch, Nadav Friedman, Nitzan Lederman, Lital Ben Horin, Nir viden, Harel Gerzotis, Michael Levy | Text Processing and Dramaturgy: Ofri Omer Hoffman | Costume Design: Rosie Canaan | Photographer: Dana Bar Siman Tov.

The show was produced courtesy of Beit Avi Chai as part of the Made in JLM Festival.

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Jason Martin – Workshop


c.a.t.a.m.o.n Studio

Photographer: Adéral Piot

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Wednesday 10/10/18

Bang Bang

Choreography & performing: Manuel Roque | Rehearsal Directors and Artistic Consultants: Sophie Corriveau and Lucie Vigneault | Costume Designer and Scenographer: Marilène Bastien | Music: Manuel Roque, including excerpts by Debussy, Chopin, Merzbow, 2001 Space Odyssey, Tarkovsky | Production Direction: Judith Allen | Photographer: Marilène Bastien.

bang bang is a personal—and therefore universal—contemporary ritual that allows the body to express itself at its most combative and desperate, at its most free. 

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Elad Schechter – Workshop


Salon at Alliance House

Free Admission

Photographer: Tomer Zmora.

Choreographer: Jason Martin / ENTITEY | Dancers: Jason Martin, Stéphanie Tremblay | Rehearsal director/artistic advisor : Rachelle Bourget | Lighting designer: Robin Kittel-Ouimet | Music from: Vivaldi, RV 638, César Franck, Recitativo, Ned Washington & George Bassman, Brenda Lee | Collaborators : Susannah Haight, Cyndie Gravel, Nicolas Patry | Partners: Compagnie Marie Chouinard, L’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, C arrefour Culturel de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Maison de la Culture Frontenac |  Photographer: Robin Kittel-Ouimet.
(AND) follows the trajectory of two individuals and observes their intimacy. This piece touches the dynamics of human relationships. Through emotionally charged physicality, we find ourselves in these reflections.

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Thursday 10/11/18

HOPE for ALL Inclusive

Martin Kilvady – Workshop


c.a.t.a.m.o.n Studio

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The Craft of Dry Lands Ice-Skating

Choreography & performing: Martin Kilvady

Tonight I’m sculpting the dance
shaping my body
as craftsman hands reveal the formless clay
I’m dancing for you
movement bends the silence
gentle veil of music
dancing fool carrying the weight of the world

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 Manuel Roque – Workshop


c.a.t.a.m.o.n Studio

Photographer: Marilène Bastien

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From Jaffa to Agripas – Dance in Mahane Yehuda market

From Jaffa to Agripas was established in order to raise public discourse on the physical body culture in the city of Jerusalem. The success of the events and the enormous significance and impact they had on the audience was unprecedented for a project that deals with the experience of dance and body culture in public spaces. From the artistic experience to the enjoyment this event creates, this vast exposure to the art of dance has a great impact on a large variety of audiences which is indicative of the great revolution that the ‘From Jaffa to Agripas Festival’ creates. This festival is proof of c.a.t.a.m.o.n’s leading position in encouraging open discourse on physical culture in Jerusalem and the rest of the world

From Jaffa to Agripas is a special initiative started in 2014. In the last three years, events have been held over the course of six evenings. During these events, c.a.t.a.m.o.n has presented dozens of dance pieces in the open space of the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Most of these pieces were collaborations between a choreographer and a Jerusalem based artist. The works were sponsored by business owners in the Mahane Yehuda market. They opened their bars to choreographers who created site-specific performances for the festival. In early 2016, c.a.t.a.m.o.n dance group curated three evenings within ’From Jaffa to Agripas’ festival that were dedicated to the connection between dance and video art. ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ events are open to the public, free for everyone and the audience is invited to wander around the market, moving from one bar to the next

The vision behind the event is to open up the conversation about the human body in light of the cultures that existed in Jerusalem. By bringing the dance into the streets, it allows the audience and choreographers in Israel to engage in this discourse. ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ revealed dance and high-quality content to more than 3,000 people during the three years in which it took place. The entire event is dedicated to the cultural mosaic that makes up the Mahane Yehuda Market and the city of Jerusalem. We called choreographers, artists from various disciplines, business owners in Mahane Yehuda market, managers of different markets and cultural events from Israel and around the world, to join us in this revolution of the human body.